DECRYPTION – After the setbacks of last week, Jane Campion’s western also received acclaim at the Critics Choice Awards and the Directors Guild at the expense of Dunes and Belfast.
A lot of nervousness before a comeback worthy of the best football matches. Sunday evening in London the Netflix teams were not leading the way to the Bafta, the English Caesars. Three awards from the end of the gala, Jane Campion’s western The Power Of The Dog, on which the platform is betting to become the first to win the Oscar for best picture, left empty-handed despite eight nominations. Best Cinematography awarded to Dunesbest adaptation awarded to the American remake of The CODA Aries Family and height of the offense Will Smith blew in the face of the child of the country Benedict Cumberbatch the trophy of the best actor!
Then comes the deliverance, when the Bafta for best director is awarded to Jane Campion, followed shortly after by the statuette for best film! Suddenly, the lights finally went back to green for March 27, the date of the 94th Academy Awards. Jane Campion and her troupe had all the more reason to rejoice that a few hours later, this portrait of an austere and harsh cowboy struggling with his masculinity met with the same success on the other side of the Atlantic in triumphing in the same categories at the Critics Choice Awards. Not to mention Saturday’s victory: Jane Campion left with the medal for best director, dubbed by the directors’ guild, whose judgment is almost always repeated in the corresponding category at the Oscars.
This trilogy of success puts back in the saddle The Power Of The Dog. Presented since its preview at the Venice Film Festival as the favorite of the awards season, the western had collected the record number of 12 Oscar nominations. But the trajectory of the western, where Benedict Cumberbatch shines, turned out to be more chaotic than expected. Instead of triumphing at the SAG awards, the powerful actors’ union, this portrait of life on the frontier left empty-handed.
Will Smith, Ariana DeBose and Troy Kotsur unbeatable
The Bafta did not only seal the fate of The Power Of The Dog. They endorsed the status of favorite to the statuette of the best actor of Will Smith, tyrannical father of tennis players Venus and Serena Williams in The Williams method. After the Golden Globe, the actor’s union award, the star ofIndependance Day won the Bafta and the Critic Choice for Best Actor.
Even lined with trophies on the side of supporting roles on both sides of the Atlantic: Ariana DeBose, twirling in West Side Story, and Troy Kotsur, touching deaf patriarch in CODA. The two winners had chosen for the occasion to attend the feasts.
On the other hand, the winner of the Bafta for best actress will have no impact in the race for the Oscar. This is the only category where the Bafta have opted for a resolutely British chosen one: the discreet Joanna Scanlan, a widow bruised by the double life of her husband in After Love. The Critic Choice Awards have dubbed them, like the SAG awards, Jessica Chastain, unrecognizable televangelist in In The Eyes of Tammy Faye and now in a strong position against Penelope Cruz, Kristen Stewart, Nicole Kidman or Olivia Colman.
Hopes showered with Dunes and Belfast, CODA in ambush
This unanimity of the Bafta and the Critics Choice Awards also sound the death knell for the hopes of Dunes, big winner in the technical categories but which does not manage to break through in the major categories. Another outsider who does not take off, the very poetic childhood story of Kenneth Branagh. playing at home, Belfast is satisfied with the statuette of the best British film.
The only hope of a putsch, on March 27, rests on the preferential voting system which governs the Oscar for best film. The film with the most votes does not win, but the film with the highest ranking among the 10 feature films in the running. This type of ballot favors more consensual works Green Book: On the roads of the South. But in the register of good and great feelingsCODA proved a tough contender and could surprise and make history with its mostly deaf and hard of hearing cast. The winner, next weekend, of the price of the guild of producers, which also uses preferential voting, could clarify the situation.